What Mr Darwin Saw
In 1831, at only 22 years old, Darwin was offered the position of Naturalist on HMS Beagle's world voyage. He was set to become a clergyman but returns after five years at sea an inspired genius. This book follows the journey of HMS Beagle, showing life on-board the ship for Darwin, the captain, crew and the expedition's artist. The reader sees Darwin discovering and observing insect life in Brazil, fossils in Argentina , earthquakes in Chile and turtles in the Galapagos Islands. The reader is therefore able to follow the steps which led to Darwin's inspired theory of evolution, while also showing the adventures and escapades he had during the voyage.
A fascinating and colorful story of Darwin's life, this book also introduces young readers to one of the world's most important scientists and his discoveries. It concludes with a simple explanation of the theory of evolution. Written by an outstanding team in the field of children's non-fiction, this is a book to enlighten and inspire young readers.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This book is an informative, well-illustrated book about Darwin's life. Although it brings life to the defining events in Darwin's life and studies, it did feel that it failed to really make sense of Darwin's theory until the very end. Using Darwin's own words, the book starts out with a brief description of his early years and time at univiersity. It was interesting to learn that viewing two operations disgusted him and left him haunted by what he saw. It was also interesting to learn about his membership in the Glutton Club (they would meet once a week to eat 'strange' meat). The book then goees on to tell of many travels and important discoveries Darwin makes on the HMS Beagle. When he visits a zoo after returning from his five-year trip on the Beagle, he notes "Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work; more humble, and I believe true, to consider ourselves created from animals." THe last few pages lay out Darwin's theory of natural selection in four main points.
Review: What Mr Darwin SawUser Review - Goodreads
Enjoyable as a read aloud for primary and fun for children to reread looking at pictures and speech bubbles in more detail. Lots of great details about Darwin's travels on the HMS Beagle and an introduction to his origin of species.
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